Monthly Archives: February 2011

Job having dinner with Obama [Pic]

Yes, it is a picture of Steve Jobs having dinner with Obama and the rest of the tech people in the Silicon Valley. People like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs were invited to the White House for a dinner with US President Obama.

Seems like Jobs is not feeling too bad, glad that he is feeling better now. Previously he was rumored to be very sick, but with this picture, I’m sure alot of Apple Fan boys will have a better night sleep for today! Haha!


Warner Brothers sell movies as App in App Store!

By Passing the Apple’s iTunes Store Restrictions with Warner Brother’s App

One issue about Apple’s iTunes Store is that it is not available in all countries, so countries like Singapore, we can’t buy music or movies from Apple’s iTunes Store. So Warner Brothers thought of a very good idea, to sell their movies as an App! Lucky for us, App Store is available in almost all countries that have iPhones or iPad. Thus users won’t have any issue buying the app and stream the movie instead!

Free for download, in-app purchase to buy the movie

Currently only Inception and Dark Knight are available for download, but the apps not only stream, it also allows you to download the full video which you can watch without internet connectivity. What’s more is that they even included extras, trivia, social sharing features and sound tracks! Very cool har? What even better is that the Apps are actually FREE, so you can download the app for free, watch a 5mins preview and decide if you want to buy the Movie or not. If you wish to buy, you can do so with the in-app purchase which will cost you USD11.99 for Inception and USD 9.99 for Dark Knight.

Check out the demo video of the Apps:


Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac in Mac App Store

Sync Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Mac

Not everyone Mac users are iPhone users, so what if you are holding a Windows 7 Phone or a Zune  and your only computer is Mac? Worry no more because Microsoft just launched Windows Phone 7 Connector which is free and available on the Mac App Store!

Syncing from Windows Phone 7 Connector

Windows Phone  7 Connector not allows you to sync media files like songs and podcast, you can also sync the photos and video you took on your Windows Phone 7. The interface of the connector is very iTunes-like, so it gives Mac users a very familiar usage.

So if you are holding a Windows Phone 7 or a Zune, go on to the Mac App Store and download Windows Phone 7 Connector now for Free!


Difference between GSM and CDMA iPhone details by Apple

Apple launched CDMA iPhone 4

Apple after a long long wait, has finally launch CDMA iPhone on Verizon (US Carrier). Of course there will be plans to release CDMA phones to countries like China, Japan, South Korea.

Difference between CDMA and GSM iPhone 4

Since CDMA and GSM are very different network, thus there are slight difference on how iPhone operates. Apple just released a page on it for users to reference.

Some of the major call function difference are:

  • Call forwarding
  • Call waiting
  • Caller ID
  • Conference calls
  • Inserting pauses when dialing
  • Hold


iOS 4.3 is coming to us by Feb 28th?

iOS 4.3 has been rumored to be available to all by Feb 14th, but it did not. The newest rumored date is 28.02.2011, because of the trial end date on The Daily App. Yes, it is not really relevant, but it is a date we can look forward to.

What are we getting on iOS 4.3?

Of course the top most interesting feature we will be getting on iOS 4.3 is the Wireless Mobile HotSpot! Meaning you can broadcast a wireless hotspot with your iPhone or iPad to any other device like your Macbook or iPod Touch. It will be very useful with you don’t have your iPhone cable with you, but you need your iPod Touch to access the web without Wifi in the area.

Please note that if you are holding a Verizon phone, you will experience your hotspot to lose connective if there are incoming calls.


iPhone Nano is really coming?

Rumors is high that Apple is planning to launch a new series of iPhone, iPhone “Nano” which is smaller and more affordable alongside the main stream iPhone 4. Wall Street Journal also reported that MobileMe will be getting a major revamp in June, which will allow users to not only store data, but most data and media in the the cloud.

This revamp of the MobileMe will allow Apple to reduce the size of the memory in the upcoming iPhone “nano” which will only have memory just enough the buffer data from the cloud. It works like what AppleTV is currently doing, having just enough memory to buffer the streams from cloud. When iPhone users buy media from iTunes, it will be kept in Apple’s Cloud, and can be stream from the cloud like Lala.com which they have recently bought over.

Of course, all this are just rumors for now!


Tablet War – iPad vs HP TouchPad vs Xoom vs PlayBook

Tablet War – Aftermath of Smartphone

Tablet War is raging, so this is the aftermath of Smartphone War that Apple started 3 years ago. Apple have launched iPad 1 year ago, and now after 1 year, tons of tablet will be in the market in 2011!

Year 2011 is the Year of Tablet

HP just announced webOS powered TouchPad, Motorola is releasing Xoom(powered by Android) in a few months time, and BlackBerry  has plan to release PlayBook in 2011. Of course, we all know that Apple will be launching iPad 2 very soon, although we don’t have the specs yet, thus the comparison is done with Apple’s 1 year old iPad.

Check out the comparison chart by Engadget:

Honestly, before the looking at the chart, I though that it will be very unfair to compare tablets that have yet to launch with Apple’s iPad which is already 1 year old. But honestly, from a unbiased point of iPad’s hardware specs is not shy of any of the compared tablets, it is almost as powerful. Although the official price of the HP TouchPad, Blackberry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom have not been announced, but the rumored price point are same if not higher than Apple’s iPad.

Let’s wait and see the battle of tablet in time to come. Stayed tuned with UsingApple, and enjoy this war.


Smartr – Makes your Twitter feed into smart News Feed!

I’m sure lots of people you follow in your twitter feeds are sharing very useful tips, website or blogs. So what if you can actually view all this useful websites in summarized format together with pictures and the person who shared it? Isn’t it going to be a very useful and interesting “twitter news” feed?

Smartr is the iOS App that can do it. It serves up very attractive and summarized feed from your twitter following list. So when your friends share any new blog post, or interesting website, it will automatically appear in the stream of Smartr.

So see how it works, check out this demo video:

Cool right? It is totally free! So what are you waiting for? Download it in the App Store now!


BundleHunt 3 – Very cool Apps and Design Resources and Save you money!

BundleHunt 3 Now on Sale with Unprecedented Value for Designers and Creatives.

After months of anticipation from designers and developers around the design community, BundleHunt 3 is now on sale at bundlehunt.com, featuring 20 popular design resources and applications normally valued at over $1287 for just $49.

The bundle includes such interesting products as Pictos Icon Set, GoMedia Arsenal Ultimate Vector & Font Collections, Wordpess themes from Press75, the newest Smashing eBook and 3 month MultiSitePlan from WPEngine.

The idea for this release is to put together a complete design resource pack for web developers across the board for the smallest price in history. BundleHunt 3 comes with a number of new premium applications included such as CodeCollector Pro, Relationship 2, 6 outstanding WordPress themes by Press75 and ThemeTrust and SmashingMagazine’s newest e-book. In all, there are 20 applications and products included in the bundle, all for an amazing price: $49.

BundleHunt 3 Package includes 20 products with an incredible discount:

1. Smashing eBook #5: E-Commerce: This e-book steps you through the preparation of your e-commerce projects.

2. WPEngine: 3 Month Multi Site Hosting Plan.

3. GoMedia Arsenal includes their outstanding Ultimate Vector Collection 2 and the Ultimate Font Collection.

4. Pictos Iconsets: Hand Crafted, Infinitely Scalable & Royalty-Free Icons for User Interface Designers. Includes Pictos 1,2,3 + Pictos Font.

5. VandelayPremier Pack: Offering high-quality textures, brushes, vectors, icons, PSDs, and career resources to make your life easier and your business more successful.

6. BrushLovers: You get to choose 20 Premium BrushSets from their gallery.

7. Code Collector Pro:A powerful Mac tool to Organise Use & Share Code Snippets.

8. Relationship 2: Ideal for contact and project management on your Mac.

9. Keynote Wireframe Toolkit: Gives you the building blocks to put together great looking prototypes in no time.

10. Press75 contributing with 4 Premium WordPress Themes: Relay , Roundabout, ReCapture, OnDemand.

11. ThemeTrust included 2 of their newest themes: Filtered and Oracle.

12. IconShelf Complete Set. Over 200+ high quality icons.

BundleHunt 3 is available starting today (FEB 7) for 14 days for US $49 instead of $1287.

This bundle not only saves you big money but also could win you an iPad (6GB/WiFi) loaded with 5 best selling e-books for web designers & developers.

Three users who tweet about the bundle will win the 3 Bonus Items each day during the bundle. No Purchase necessary. The 3 bonus items are:

1. Business Icon Set (Worth $25)

2. 10 DepositPhotos Credit (Worth $500)

3. WPBids Theme (Worth $59)

BundleHunt 3 is offering the pack for 14 days only. The sale ends at midnight, EST on Feb 21th.

Interested users can purchase the bundle on bundlehunt.com.


Verizon’s CDMA iPhone 4 actually supports GSM too!

iPhone 4 (Verizon) is already Dual CDMA/GSM “Ready”

It is rumored that iPhone 5 might be a dual CDMA/GSM iPhone, meaning you can use it on a CDMA network like Verizon (US), and also use it on GSM network like AT&T (US) or Singtel (Singapore). But in fact Verizon’s iPhone 4 is already armed with Dual CDMA/GSM Qualcomm MDM600 chip, however, due to how it is built, you can’t slot in a Sim Card into Verizon’s iPhone 4. Nevertheless, it means that Apple is definately putting dual chips on the coming iPhone 5, and it might be able to work both on CDMA and GSM network with just a single iPhone model.

Verizon’s CDMA and GSM (Rest of the World) iPhone 4 Comparison (Verizon left)

Overall, the looks and feel of both Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4 is very similar, almost identical! Of course it is the doing of Apple, so as to not to confuse anyone. Most of the internal parts are the same, same processor chip, rams and housing.

But there are some slight difference:

  • Battery is the same 5.25 watt hour capacity, but it is a newer model and weigh lesser, from 26.9 gram to 25.6 gram
  • Sim Slot is gone
  • The Qualcomm PM8028 chip works in conjunction the Qualcomm MDM6600 to provide wireless data connection to the phone
  • The Qualcomm MDM6600 chip supports HSPA+ data rates of up to 14.4 Mbps and CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A/Rev. B
  • External Antenna are slightly different when assemble
  • Vibrator is quieter, softer feel and makes a better sound when vibrating on table

Have you gotten your Verizon’s iPhone, do you feel anything else better? Feedback by leaving us a comment.


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